What is the nature of intelligence in social insect societies, adaptive matter, groups of cells like brains, sports teams, and AI, and how does it arise in these seemingly different kinds of collectives?
The Symposium & Short Course will search for unifying principles in collective intelligence by tackling its foundations, and explore radical ideas for harnessing collective potential. The event will begin with a broad discussion of first-principles approaches from the physical and natural sciences for deriving group performance from microscopic, individual-level behavior and interactions. Participants will debate the most promising measures of intelligence across systems and consider the dynamics of collective intelligence in changing environments. Finally, we will explore radical ideas for harnessing collective intelligence in human and hybrid systems and invite scholars, artists, writers, musicians, actors, directors, dancers, and inventors, in addition to scientists, to participate in this discussion.